Lusk Creek Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Lusk Creek Wilderness is located in Pope County. The wilderness features an outstanding scenic view called Indian Kitchen (Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve). Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads. Canoeing is very a popular activity on Lusk Creek during the spring and early summer. Camping along the creek is discouraged because of the probability of flash flooding. Also, camping is not allowed in Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve. Located adjacent to Lusk Creek Wilderness is the East Fork Special Management Area. This area is designated to become a wilderness all its own. The Illinois Wilderness bill has designated East Fork to become a Wilderness area in late November, 1998.

General Information

General Notes:

Size and History: 

Lusk Creek Wilderness was designated as a wilderness area by the Illinois Wilderness Act of 1990 (PL101-633)

5126 Total Acres. 4796 acres is National Forest System Land.
East Fork Special Management Area, 2042 acres


Parking, Trail Heads and Directions:

New Liberty Church Parking & Trail Head:
From State Hwy. 145, West on Forest Rd. 404. Then south on Forest Rd. 488.

Indian Kitchen Parking and Trail Head:
From State Hwy. 145 Southeast on Eddyville-Golconda Blacktop. follow sign to Indian Kitchen



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